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The Legend of Midget Joe
June 19, 2013Posted by on
I came across this the other day. It is so completely absurd, yet all true that I had to share it with our readers.
First, some background. Comic books created in the 1930s and ’40s are generally considered to be a part of the “Golden Age”. The character of The Flash was created during this time, but he was a very different incarnation from how he is known today. Back then, he was Jay Garrick and he wore a very off-the-rack costume highlighted by a Mercury-styled helmet.
Okay, that’s out of the way.
Thanks to an article posted over at Speed Force, I learned of a Flash villain from this era. Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce you to Midget Joe!
I needed to learn more about this character. Unfortunately, there was little I could find online. From what I could gather, Midget Joe is a little person who commits crimes while pretending to be a kid. Yes, this is the exact premise of the Wayans Brothers’ film Little Man.
I did more looking and came across Midget Joe’s first appearance (yes, this character inexplicably appeared more than once) in Flash Comics #45 (1943). Here is the summary for that story (courtesy of the DC Comics Database):
Jay wins a baby in a raffle and it immediately becomes a headache for himself [trying to explain it to Joan], and to the Flash, when the baby turns out to be a midget crook!
Oh, where to begin with this? I love the casual use of the word “midget”. Eh, it was a different time. More amazingly, I love how this story apparently starts with Jay winning a baby in a raffle. Wha…WHAT?! How does that…can that happen?!
I need to track this story down and read it in its entirety to see how all the absurdity plays out. I can’t imagine it being anything short of amazing.
Also, congrats to Speed Force on their five year anniversary!